Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two Special Hearts


i come in contact with hearts 
and i smile at the whens and wheres...

some are more permanent than others
some are bold
big
or 
shy
and small
permanent
or 
temporary

all very lovely...

~    ~    ~ 
my own heart has been very grateful lately.
~        ~~      ~      ~~        ~

we're going to a lovely piano concert tonight by Dr. Hyunsoon Whang ~
so looking forward to it.

tomorrow i draw a name for the dream~catcher necklace.:)
~~~

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

my husband


my husband created my new banner.  he's so wonderful!
the thousand little things he does add up to the moon. :)
he encourages me and makes me laugh.
we've designed a beautiful home together and
love peace and play in our relationship.
we both love water - and enjoy swimming
and sailing. we love summer and heat and so
we never fight about the temperature in our home
because we both like being warm.
we are both german (well i'm half german and 
then a mix of irish/english/seminole ;).
  we cook together, 
but he washes all the dishes.  :)
he composes music and i create art.
when it's time to make more encaustic medium,
he patiently melts the wax and damar resin for hours.
today i got a ticket for not coming to a complete
stop and he offered to pay for it. 
he is so patient with me.
i could go on and on,,, but gosh,
he is an awesome husband and friend.

here's to greg!

oklahoma prairie
santa fe, nm
south beach, miami

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

roadside wildflowers

Nits & Lice (or Hypericum drummondii)
Love the whorled petals!

unidentified
Even the tiniest bloom is worthy of notice. :)
Dotted gay feather
Blue sage
Missouri goldenrod

unidentified
Daisy
These are not the greatest pictures but I wanted to keep record of 
wildflowers that I found just driving and walking through the wildlife refuge
last Friday. These are all hardy blooms to show their beauty in the 
heat of August with little rain...
I'm still lovingly :) adding EVERY southwest Oklahoma
wildflower to my big bouquet of mini watercolors.

I hope your week is off to a great start...

Stay rooted and grounded in love.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

rain in the altar

 

early morning i headed to my special "altar rock"
on the east side of prairie hill.

i like to go there after a good rain
because i know the basin is full of a blessing
so i sprinkle my head and soul 
and i feel grateful to God for 
this refreshing...

zody shows altar rock and kneeling stone.... :)

 one more thing, i got these earrings at the apache rattlesnake fest
a few years ago and never wore them. i think they'd look better
as necklaces. i'd like to give one away to a friend. 
any comment great or small and you may be wearing
a dream~catcher around your neck soon. :)

love and peace and blessing
to your new week.
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

august days

i like to visit this snake tree
clouds like flames in evening sky
i was thinking about something while in the wildlife refuge...
it's not about our fancy cameras or apps, 
it's not at all about us -
nature needs no help.

i take a picture
and nature takes my breath away. 

time to fry some okra
i saw a funny ad for a chocolate store while in New Orleans:

"chocolate is nature's way of making up for okra."

i had to chuckle.  i love me some chocolate
but i love me some okra too!
it's an oklahoma summer staple!!

three humps
"the summer night is like a perfection of thought."
-wallace stevens

i've been water-coloring some new flowers 
and re-painted some that didn't look right.  
i liked the honesty of a friend who
 told me i could do better.  i agree.

i hope to share a ton of flower pictures tomorrow.

i hear rain and thunder!
rain!
hope you are having a good weekend.

Friday, August 24, 2012

zody with a zig

 just walking and sitting along the lawtonka shore and zody decides that he wants
be possessive about the cigarette buts laying on the bank....
he made me laugh so hard that my stomach hurt and i cried tears. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

prairie sunflower


introducing our native "prairie sunflower"
it's enduring, friendly, cheerful & tall.

what types of sunflowers grow in your area?

"the way to know life is to love many things."
-van gogh


Monday, August 20, 2012

Mount Scott

we went (drove) up mt. scott last evening. we can kinda see our house below,,,
between lake lawtonka and lake elmer thomas and to the left of hwy 49. 
i can see 'prairie hill' too.

 it looks like this on the west side of the mountain.
you can see more of the wichita mt. range and
  some of the rugged beauty of 59,000 acre wildlife refuge. 
i've roamed all over this range ~
 i've experienced so much 
in this sacred place.

on the north side of the mountain there's a river of rocks!  is this not amazing!?!
it's so powerful and stunning! 

mt. scott from the neighborhood
i love my permanent neighbor to the west.  
ancient, powerful and mysterious.
 
"society speaks and all men listen,
mountains speak and wise men listen."
-john muir

do you have a favorite mountain range?
how do you feel about mountains and boulders/rocks?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Elk Mountain Hike (Rattlesnake Included)


 Hiking on Elk Mountain
Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
Bush clover, (grows Aug.-Oct.)

Slender day flower
Deer on the ridge.
Perfect niche for a Hackberry Tree.
Helen between the rocks.
Granite Beauty
Young Diamond Back Rattlesnake
Ohhh, we encountered a rattlesnake. It blended in so well and lay so flat that I passed right by it!
Helen yelped and jumped back when she saw it. It never moved and the rattler was curled underneath it.
Cedar Remains
Resting Spot
We could see "Apple & Pear" below us,,, further down is the Valley of Boulders.
A small nature ampitheatre!

I spy a cairn!
Other side - I want to get to that cairn!
Cairn
I like finding other people's cairns on trails (or off trail). Whoever put this one together was quite
the climber. The boulders were way huge and smooth.  Not sure how they got up there,,,, 

Natural Bridge
Me on the Arch.
Violet wood sorrell (blooms twice a year) 
Curly cup gum weed

Leavensworth eryngo  
This was a wonderful hike! Several new flowers to add to the watercolor collection too. :)

"Hiking is just walking where it's ok to pee."
-Demetri Martin